May 2010 Archives

life goes to a party

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I think the Benny Goodman show went well, if I do say so myself! No technical glitches, no "land the plane" moments where I lost track of what I was saying, and (thank the flying spaghetti monster) no EAS alerts.

I played 8 tracks from the CD of old radio shows, the one that had gotten lost in the mail and the otrcat.com guy zipped the whole thing for me and sent me a download link. I'm so grateful to him for doing that. Having those songs really made the show. Here's the playlist.

Now I feel like I could sleep for a week. I didn't do anything physically strenuous, but I've been going all day long. And staying up late the past few nights -- I would get so wrapped up in what I was doing that I'd lose track of time, and then when I finally lay down the gears I'd be thinking so much that I wouldn't be able to sleep. I even missed almost the entire war movie weekend on TCM. Finally I can relax. No more theme shows until the 4th of July!

After the show we went to Big Orange and picked out a new fridge. The old one is horribly inefficient -- the ice dispenser is broken and cold air leaks out, and when it gets hot the sides are always covered with condensation. We picked out the fridge we want, and it's on sale, and we found out that NC is doing a Cash for Clunkers appliance rebate starting on 6/1. So we'll buy it then.

let up and light up

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I mentioned a couple of days ago that I've been listening to a lot of old Benny Goodman radio shows. Many of these shows were sponsored by Camel cigarettes, and contain promotional messages from the sponsor. It's very strange to hear a radio ad for cigarettes. Cigarette ads on TV were banned when I was a wee toddler and I don't remember ever seeing one, though I do remember people talking about the fact that they were no longer allowed.

WXDU Programming just told me that's it's OK for me to play an old ad for a product that still exists, if I present it as an artifact rather than a commercial. Which is great news, because I have some really interesting old ads which I've always wanted to work into a show. Like for instance, spots during the Kraft Music Hall which tell housewives how to use Kraft Macaroni and Cheese to stretch their ration points. Or the following:

Someday I'd like to do a radio show of all wacky old ads. Two hours is probably too much, though I think I could easily fill an hour if they ever bring the Sunday Night Mystery Show back.

let's go bulls

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Bulls gameGreat night at the Bulls game tonight with D. and S. We had dinner before the game at Bull McCabe's and then walked over to the ballpark. It was a great game, one of the most exciting I've seen in a long time. There were bad calls that went against us, and then a thrilling home run! And then another, that hit the bull! I've never seen anyone hit the bull before. And then a storm came rolling in, and we were on the edge of our seats hoping it held off.

The timing was perfect -- it started to rain literally seconds after the game ended, while the groundskeeper guys were still rolling out the tarp. We started heading back to our cars right away, and watched the fireworks while we walked in the rain. We got drenched but I didn't mind. Though I have to admit, the drive back was a little scary at times. We were so glad to get home!
Just in time

who knows where or when

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Listening to the Benny Goodman radio shows non stop. My favorites are the "Madhattan Room" shows from late 1937. They had a show in a hotel ballroom which was broadcast on the radio. Apparently lots of hotels did this in the 30s. Put their dance band on the radio I mean.

Anyway the Madhattan Room shows are the best for my purposes because, well first of all the line-up is really good. Krupa, Wilson and Hampton are all around at this point. And the shows have an informal feeling that I really enjoy. In a couple of years Goodman's show would be the Camel Caravan, which was much more structured. Guest stars, inane patter, comedy routines, the "killer diller of the week," etc. I guess they wanted all bandleaders to be wisecracking showmen with funny hats and catch-phrases, and the fact that Goodman wasn't very good at that is irrelevant. (Camel Caravan is also problematic for my purposes because the show was sponsored by Camel cigarettes and they name-check the brand constantly.)

But in the Madhattan Room shows, it sounds like you're just listening in on a regular gig. Which is kind of accurate, actually. A concert for dancers in a hotel ballroom would have been a swing orchestra's bread and butter. Most bands would have been at shows like this every night. The best part is hearing what the orchestra sounded like in front of an audience. When they get the crowd fired up the audience starts to cheer, and you can hear the band respond with greater energy, which gets the crowd going even more. They feed off each other. It feels so different from a staged program, with the audience sitting down & applauding on cue. Just a completely different energy.

The quiet numbers are also interesting because you can hear the audience talking amongst themselves, and/or interacting with the band. I just heard one, a show from November 1937, where the Trio (Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa and Teddy Wilson) play "Where or When," and the audience starts to sing along, and it's just beautiful. Magical. For just a moment I felt like I was there too.

otrcat.com to the rescue

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I heard back from the old time radio guy. He responded within a couple of hours, zipped the entire Benny Goodman CD and sent me a download link. I have the whole thing in my iTunes & am listening to the first program now.

OTRCAT.com rules! I can't recommend the site highly enough. I've ordered from him several times and the customer service is always excellent. Really, if you have any interest in old radio you have to check it out. He has all kinds of interesting things: dramas, comedies, music shows, and thematic collections.

My favorite CD I've ever gotten from him was Jubilee, a music program created during WWII by Armed Forces Radio. Servicemen would write into the show with requests, and the show would get the bands they requested to appear on the show. They would often mention the names of servicemen who had written in. Jubilee was aimed at black servicemen and the talent on the program was incredible. Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Ethel Waters, Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Jimmie Lunceford ... Everyone was on that show.

Another good one is "Civil Defense PSAs," which is just what it sounds like: radio PSAs from the Cold War era. If you've ever seen "Duck and Cover," the cartoon with the turtle hiding in his shell while a monkey sets off an atomic bomb, it's like that on radio. (In fact the CD includes a radio version of "Duck and Cover.") There's one PSA about building a bomb shelter which recommends stocking your shelter with tranquilizers. Because it's boring to be trapped in a bomb shelter, and drugging your family will help them endure the tedious weeks while atomic war rages on outside.

Of the order I just placed -- the one that needs to be reshipped so I probably won't get it until next week -- I'm most looking forward to "Ask Eddie Cantor," a four minute long advice program by Eddie Cantor. Wha? It sounds so bizarre that I can't wait to hear it.

(Many thanks to kip_w for first cluing me in to otrcat.com!)

holy crap, I'm on tv

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Georg has started recording this show called "Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations." The show seems to be about three annoyingly folksy guys (or maybe just three guys and one annoyingly folksy narrator) who drive around and visit outsider art things. Last week we watched an episode about one of my favorite art cars, World's Largest Collection of World's Smallest Versions of World's Largest Things.

We just saw an episode about the Houston Art Car Weekend. Imagine our delight when we realized that they filmed it one of the years we were there, so we recognized almost all the cars they showed. And imagine our amazement when we saw this:
holy crap, I'm on TV

Undersea Mah Jongg was only on screen for a few seconds. I think they filmed it during lunch after the Main Street Drag. That's the school tour on Friday morning. Afterwards everyone goes to a fun restaurant for red beans and rice, courtesy of the parade.

What fun to see all those cars we remembered from our time in Houston, and then to see our own too! It was a thrill. Tempered only by the realization of how much nicer the car looked six years ago, and how badly it needs an art remodel.

This episode also did a profile of the Flower Man, which I really enjoyed. I've met him briefly a couple of times at the Art Car Weekend and he always seems like the happiest man in the world.

it's my turn to say dammit

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In preparing for the Benny Goodman show this Sunday, I ordered from my favorite old-time radio show catalog. I bought a CD of Goodman's radio shows, plus a bunch of other stuff because there's always a bunch of things I want from that site and he has free shipping over a certain amount.

I placed the order on the 16th, plenty of time to prep for the show. He shipped on the 17th, and the past few days I've been wondering why the heck it hasn't arrived yet. This evening when they weren't there again, I checked to see if there was a tracking number -- and discovered that part of my address had been omitted from the shipping label. It was correct on the receipt, but wrong on the "your order has shipped" email. The package arrived in Durham on the 19th and had been returned for insufficient address. It's now in transit on its way back to the sender.

Dammit! There are 73 old shows on that CD. I have to listen to as many of them as possible, figure out which songs I want to use in the show, and clip them out in Audacity. By Sunday at noon. If he resends the CD with the correct address tomorrow, I'll get it Friday or Saturday. Which is not nearly enough time.

I wrote to him and asked if there's any way I can receive that one CD electronically. Even just part of it would be a huge help. We'll see what he says.

let's dance

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Tonight I'm finally getting down to business on researching the Benny Goodman show. The show is a week from today so I'd better get with it!

It's a cozy job, perfect for a rainy evening. I'm curled up in bed, reading the biography Swing, Swing, Swing. My laptop is next to me, to take notes in a Google Doc, and listen to songs mentioned in the biography on iTunes. And I have the discography BG On the Record lying open on the other side of me, in easy reach when needed to find out more about particular songs. Isn't technology grand?

BG On the Record is an interesting book. Not just a plain list of recordings, it includes a few paragraphs of description of each session. So instead of just "who" "when" and "where" you also get some "why." The format is also interesting: it was typed on a typewriter. I've seen books like this before but it's been decades. While doing academic research (back when I had need to do academic research, in the dawn of time) I would occasionally come across a type-written book. Usually they looked like someone's thesis that had been published by an academic press, and maybe resetting the book would have been too expensive. This doesn't look like a thesis. It was published by Arlington House; is that an academic press?

I bought it used from Amazon Marketplace, and my copy originally belonged to the Lexington Public Library in Lexington KY. It still has the envelope glued inside the cover where the checkout card would have been stored, though the card is long gone. Too bad; it would have been interesting to see how often & when it was checked out. The envelope is stamped "DISCARD." Lexington's loss is my gain.

Always on the forefront of hard journalism, the Washington Post alerts us that Elena Kagan is "frumpy," "dowdy," "doesn't seem to care" about her appearance and doesn't cross her legs when she sits.

Two full paragraphs about our next Supreme Court nominee not crossing her legs. According to the Post this is UNUSUAL (all caps theirs).

There are no words.

write the future

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I'm not a sports fan (understatement of the year) but I have a soft spot in my heart for the World Cup. Because we got married four years ago, and our honeymoon was during the last World Cup, and we watched the Mexico-Argentina game at the Ceaser's Palace sports book. The room was packed, people yelling, cheering every play, extremely into the game. Two guys in the back had a giant Mexican flag which they unfurled when they scored, and a woman carrying an Argentina flag ran across the front when they scored. It was so much fun that for the first time I felt like I understood why people are into sports.

So that's why I'm really looking forward to the 2010 World Cup. Which starts in a couple of weeks! I've decided I'm going to root for the North American teams. Go USA! Go Mexico! Go Honduras!

This afternoon to get in the spirit, we watched the UEFA Champions League championship. They ran a three-minute promo by Nike during half-time, that blew me away. Do US sports have ads this good? If so, I should really start watching them.

it's the little things

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I've been fighting a headache all day and just feeling kind of blah. It's not great to be in a production facility during a headache because sometimes the work is noisy and you can't very well ask them to keep it down.

Enough whining. (or whinging, as the kids say.) At lunchtime I went over the Wendy's to get my salad and tea, as I do every day I'm in Hillsborough. I go there so often that I kind of know everyone who works in the drive-through, though I only know a couple of people's names. When I got there the manager was outside Windexing the drive-through window between customers. He saw me pull around and stepped back so I could drive up -- then when I got to the window he leaned over and started cleaning my windshield!

I heard a burst of laughter and "Squeegee man! Tip him a dollar!" from inside, and then one of the guys (who sounds like he's from NY or maybe NJ) leaned out and said "Hey! No soliciting!" Brightened up my whole day and definitely made me forget about the headache. Thanks, Wendy's crew! As always, you are the best.

gee, we voted for james g. blaine

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Here's a gem I found while looking for state songs. I decided not to play it in the 4th of July show because it's satirical, and the show is about celebrating the 50 states, not mocking them. But the song is so funny that I have to share it.

It's called "Over On the Jersey Side" and it's about the fact that New Yorkers wouldn't be caught dead in New Jersey. I think it's hilarious that this particular snobbery is so old. It's kind of the funniest thing about the song. This recording is by Billy Murray and my guess is it's from early 1909 because there's a joke about Taft having just become President.

It's fiendishly catchy, or maybe I've just listened to too many of these really old recordings and my standards are warped. But I find myself humming this song all the time. "Jersey, Jersey! I wonder who invented poor old Jersey?" I have to mention here that I don't share the general prejudice against New Jersey. I grew up in Delaware and my memory of New Jersey was the beautiful South Jersey countryside. If you hear "New Jersey" and all you think of is the Newark Airport, you really aren't being fair to the Garden State. That said, I'm a sucker for a good old-timey comedy song, and this is a great one.

Warning, the song contains an offensive, though somewhat archaic, ethnic slur in the first verse. If I were going to play it on the air I'd try to remove that part in Audacity, but since I'm just linking to it I think a warning will suffice.

Over On the Jersey Side by Billy Murray

dogtown

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Was just listening to a 1949 episode of Dragnet and heard a character refer to "Dogtown." Is that a different Dogtown from the one in the movie Dogtown and Z Boys? Because if it's the same place, it thoroughly debunks the guy in the movie who claims to have coined the term decades after this Dragnet episode was recorded.

choo choo choo to idaho

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I should be reading my Benny Goodman biography, which finally arrived yesterday, since the Goodman tribute show is in a week and a half. So what am I doing? Planning the 4th of July show instead, of course!

Every year I do a special show of all patriotic songs for Independence Day. Like the Christmas show, I look forward to it for months. I even have a list in my phone so that if I ever hear a good patriotic song on satellite radio, I can write it down before I forget. If the 4th falls in the middle of the week, so my show is nowhere near it, I'll sub for someone on Independence Day itself so I can do my show.

For years I've wanted to do a show with a song for every state. This year the 4th is on a Sunday, so it seems like the perfect time to do it. Thing is, two hours isn't enough. I play about 35 songs in a typical show. No problem! The DJ before me agreed to take the week off and give me his time, so I could do a four hour show. That will be perfect: enough time for multiple songs for a few states. Actually, the DJ after me also agreed to, so I get to pick which show I want to usurp. I could be greedy, grab them both and do a 6 hour show, but that would be crazy.

Anyway, I've been having a blast tracking down state songs. To make things easier for myself, I am allowing songs for a place within a state. For instance a song about New Orleans is okay, even if the word "Louisiana" isn't in the lyrics. On the other hand, I'm giving preference to songs that are actually about the state, rather than say a love song that happens to have the state name in it.

Some states provide an embarrassment of riches -- Texas, California, New York -- while others have been difficult. Lots of searching on iTunes and in the online catalogs of Tin Pan Alley composers. Georg found a web page for me with old timey (public domain) songs for every state, which helped a lot. And I have a complete list! I just found songs for the last stragglers -- New Hampshire and Nebraska -- a couple of days ago. There are a few changes I'll probably want to make. For instance, the Nebraska song is a really short (maybe a minute) excerpt in a medley. And I'm not sure about the Minnesota and Maryland songs. (Maryland was surprisingly difficult!) But at least I have something for every state.

when ladies meet

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May 17 movie: When Ladies Meet. I adore this movie and never miss an opportunity to watch it. It's a love triangle which does a surprisingly good job of presenting both women's point of view. All the principals are great: Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Robert Taylor and Herbert Marshall. Whenever I watch this I feel like there are two movies happening at once: the one they're telling us about, and another one right under the surface, which overlaps but isn't quite the same. That complexity is what I love about this movie.

[When Ladies Meet passes the Bechdel test. Even though the entire movie was about romance, and there are only 3 female characters (which is almost half the cast), all three interact with each other and talk about other things besides men.]

the benny goodman story

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May 17 movie: The Benny Goodman Story. I've seen a lot of Hollywood biopics from this era and this is one of the better ones in my opinion. It's surprisingly close to factual, at least compared to the ridiculous Cole Porter and Jerome Kern movies. Mostly it's worth seeing for the cast. Many of Goodman's band play themselves: Gene Krupa, Harry James, Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton all have speaking parts playing themselves, plus Kid Ory and Ben Pollack (the first bandleader Goodman ever worked for). Also includes Ziggy Elman, Stan Getz and Martha Tilton in musical performances. And as an extra treat, Sammy Davis Sr. plays Fletcher Henderson (who, alas, had died a couple of years before the movie was made).

Goodman does not appear in the movie: he's played by Steve Allen. I heard that Goodman recorded his own music and Allen just had to do the fingering during the performance scenes. Allen also played clarinet, and wanted some of his playing to be in the movie, but was offended when the filmmakers asked him to record the music for scenes where Goodman is a child just learning to play. Apparently Goodman wasn't capable of playing the unsteady notes of a beginner, so he couldn't do the childhood performances. And they thought Allen would be great at it. I can't imagine why that would have offended him.

I said the movie was surprisingly close to fact, although of course there was still a lot of fictionalizing. For one thing, the movie took place in an alternate universe where racial integration was commonplace by the mid 1920s, and when Goodman hired Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton in the mid 30s it was nothing out of the ordinary. Also, in the movie Hampton was working in a tiny seaside restaurant as the waiter, cook, and floor show when Goodman "discovered" him. In reality (I looked it up) Hampton had been a member of Louis Armstrong's orchestra and was pretty well known among west coast jazz musicians. Goodman was told by a friend to go see Hampton perform in LA. The scene with Hampton running an entire restaurant by himself was hilarious though.

I was also somewhat surprised that the movie didn't remake Goodman as a gentile. No one ever says the word "Jewish" but his parents both have Yiddish accents, his father takes him to a shul to learn music, and late in the movie his mother objects to his romance with Donna Reed because "you don't mix caviar and bagels." (by the way, Donna Reed was excellent casting for Goodman's high society wife Alice. I think the documentary said the real Alice's mother was a Vanderbilt.) Maybe because they had Goodman's cooperation they couldn't rewrite his life wholesale the way they did Cole Porter. Though, in reality he didn't get involved with Alice until long after the timeline in the movie. So they did a certain amount of changing history.

[I'm debating whether or not to include the Bechdel test in my movie write-ups. It's useful for what it is, but easy to overgeneralize in a way that is unhelpful. And I clearly don't use it as a deal-breaker the way the characters in the original strip do. So I may or may not make it a regular thing. That said, The Benny Goodman Story fails the Bechdel test. There are four women with speaking parts, but only two ever speak to each other -- Donna Reed and Goodman's mother -- and they never talk about anything but Goodman.]

the naked gun

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April 18 movie: The Naked Gun. Now this is more like it. This movie was every bit as hilarious as I remembered. And I remembered it being pretty fucking hilarious. It's so funny the theme music alone makes me laugh, though there's nothing inherently funny about the theme music. It's Leslie Nielsen who makes it work. If he had been winking at the camera, the humor would have flopped. (Come to think of it, that might be why Top Secret! didn't work for me. Val Kilmer I mean.) Nielsen treats every new lunatic development as seriously as if he were acting in a Fritz Lang noir. He reaches a pinnacle of cluelessness worthy of Margaret Dumont.

I do have to mention that OJ Simpson as the good-guy sidekick is more than a little creepy in light of real life events. That's my only complaint about this movie.

top secret!

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April 25 movie: Top Secret! This follow-up to Airplane! starred Val Kilmer and parodied spy movies and Elvis movies. I have to admit, I was dismayed by how not funny I found it. This was the second time I saw it, and I remembered it being incredibly, hilariously funny. Then again the first time I saw it in a theater, which means I was 15 years old. This time I chuckled a few times, and laughed out loud only once or twice.

There was one moment where I felt like they really missed an opportunity: the resistance are in a cafe, and two girls run up to Val Kilmer and say "Aren't you Nick Rivers? Can we have your autograph?" Trying to throw them off, he says "no, I'm Mel Tormé" and they go away dejected. Then the other resistance fighters start to suspect him of being a spy, so he puts a song on the jukebox and does a big musical number. The punchline is one of the resistance guys saying "That's not Mel Tormé."

Wouldn't it have been funny if, when they say "How do we know he's not really Mel Tormé?" the real Mel Tormé had run up and asked for his autograph? That would have been hilarious. They did a similar gag with Ethel Merman in Airplane! and I bet Tormé would have done it. He was performing a lot in those years and that's around the time when he did Night Court. And I have to say, if you're a legendary comedy team and I'm thinking up better gags on the spot while I watch your movie, there's a problem.

standing in the shadows of motown

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May 10 movie: Standing in the Shadows of Motown. Excellent documentary about the Funk Brothers, the Motown house band. They were responsible for most of Motown's hits, and I remember when I found out that all those incredible songs had been performed by one band. I was shocked. I had always assumed that each Motown singer had their own backup band.

chained

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May 13 movie: Chained. Lesser (very lesser) Joan Crawford/Clark Gable movie. Crawford is the mistress of a rich guy who's wife won't divorce him. She meets Gable, they fall in love, she plans to leave the rich guy, but just then, dun-dun! The divorce comes through. The rich guy is so pathetically devoted to Crawford that she can't bring herself to leave him, so she dumps Gable and marries the rich guy.

Problem is, she's the worst liar in the world. Whenever anything reminds her of Gable -- and everything reminds her of him -- she falls apart, nearly crying at the opera, the races, out in traffic, you name it. Eventually the husband figures out what's going on and voluntarily lets her go. The husband's transition from "You're my entire world, I'd die without you" to "I want you to be happy. Fly and be free!" is so abrupt I got whiplash. But even more weird was the actor -- I recognized him as the rich villain in Saboteur. His delivery is exactly the same in both parts, which left me holding my breath, waiting for him to do something incredibly evil. The fact that he never did just made his gentle smile that much creepier. I guess that's why Hitchcock cast him as a villain.

operation destroy bamboo

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The war on bamboo continues. We spend time on it every single day. Just walking around the bamboo patch snapping off new shoots. I've heard that May is peak growth season, and I hope it's true, because I don't think we could handle more.

For most of April, what came up were big shoots. Easy to find, easy to snap off, and didn't grow back where we cut them. Starting a couple of weeks ago, clusters of tiny skinny shoots are appearing everywhere. They pop up from exposed roots, from shoots we broke off before, everywhere. All over the place. The little ones sprout leaves immediately, which is bad because the goal is to prevent the bamboo from getting any sunlight. They're also, bizarrely, harder to break off than the big stalks. I have a sore spot covered with tiny cuts on my thumb and forefinger from those damned bamboo shoots. I guess I should use pruners. But I tend to step into the bamboo patch whenever I have a few minutes, like coming home from work or an errand or whatever, and I don't want to stop and go get the pruners.

You can sort of see what we're dealing with in this photo:
bamboo Little green shoots sprouting up among the ponji sticks. On the left edge of the photo is a whole cluster of shoots growing out of a couple we snapped off before.

Then again, no one said getting rid of bamboo would be easy. I've settled into a routine: a few minutes on the bamboo every day, and a long session -- an hour or so -- twice a week. Georg also works on the daily bamboo check, and he's been great about filling the truck with cut bamboo 2-3 times a week so I can go to the dump whenever I have time. We're slowly but surely getting rid of the mountain of bamboo, which feels great. In the past week he's also started digging up bamboo roots, which is crazy hard work in the concrete-like soil back there. (Really, it's a mixture of sand, clay and gravel.) Between the two of us we're staying on top of it. For now!

crepuscule roseHere's a more pleasant photo: my favorite rose! It's Crepuscule, which I think means "sunset" in French? Anyway, I planted it right by the house because I love the orangey color. I'm thrilled to see how big it's getting. When I first planted the climbing roses I heard a saying: "First year, they sleep. Second year, they creep. Third year, they leap!" It seems to be true. I need to build a support for it so it isn't just dangling over the fence there. I want to train it to grow along the wall of the house and over the window.

In other garden news, well the front looks like hell, because bamboo has taken up all the time I would normally have spend weeding, and then some. The vegetable garden is getting a good start. We have sugar snaps, radishes, eggplant, poblanos, and tomatoes doing well. And spinach which was started too late, but who knows, we might get something from it. The squashes and pumpkins I planted in containers in the bamboo patch are taking off, with the melons not far behind. The giant alliums (or would that be giant allii?) I planted last fall bloomed and look gorgeous. I want to plant them on either side of the path up to the shed, half of which is currently under the mountain of bamboo. Well, this fall will be the time to move them and by then we'll have the bamboo cleared.

upperworld

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May 13 movie: Upperworld. Melodrama starring Warren William as an upper class businessman who, bored with his wife, starts an affair with showgirl Ginger Rogers. Not a great movie, largely because Rogers isn't in it enough. Still worth watching for the scenes she's in, and for Warren William. He had such star power. He always brings a movie to life. I read that he died young which cut his career short & is probably why he's not better known now.

benny goodman: king of swing

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May 15 movie: Benny Goodman: King of Swing. Good documentary of Benny Goodman. Lots of interviews with Goodman's family members, bandmates, and Goodman himself. Plus clips of many performances. My only complaint is there were no extras. It would have been nice to have the full performances that were excerpted in the movie, as extras.

I rented this because I'm doing a birthday tribute to Benny Goodman on the 30th. I also ordered a couple of books from Amazon, a biography and a discography. I'm so frustrated that they aren't here yet! This morning we went to the dump, did some yard work, and then in the hot afternoon I stayed inside and relaxed. It would have been the perfect time to start reading my books.

match your mood with westinghouse

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So I haven't posted in a long time. My excuse is that the blog had a bug and wouldn't let me post, and I didn't have time to deal with it, and I was using Facebook so much instead that it hardly seemed worth the effort. Well, recent developments on Facebook make it seem like a good idea to get the blog going again.

Let's get started with tonight's movie: Match Your Mood with Westinghouse. Outstanding! TCM has been showing a short training film overnight on Friday each week. The kind of thing AV Geeks does. This is by far the best one I've seen from TCM. It was an ad from 1968 for a refrigerator with removable panels which could be covered with veneer, textiles, wallpaper, etc. Lots of groovy parties full of groovy people who match the groovy fridges.

Rather than describe it, it's easier just to post the video. Thanks, Youtube!

direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKuIbTvXaFw

I have to say, "Astro-Glo Bronze" would be the best pseudonym ever. In fact, I may start using it. If you ever encounter someone online with that pseudonym, it's me. Glo for short. You heard it here first.

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